No. 24 Arizona Trounces Utah, 73-43
Dec. 17, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Hassan Adams scored 27 points and Chris Rodgers added 13 in No. 24 Arizona's 73-43 victory over Utah on Saturday, giving the Wildcats their first three-game winning streak of the season.
The Wildcats (5-3) shot 48 percent, forced 24 turnovers and blocked seven shots while beating the Utes (5-3) for the second straight season. Arizona needed to rally to beat Utah a year ago in Tucson. There was no need for a comeback this time.
Utah struggled against Arizona's pressure all game and the Wildcats pulled away with a 14-3 run midway through the second half and turned the game into a rout.
Bryant Markson led Utah with 19 points - nearly half of the Utes' total. Shawn Green was Utah's second-leading scorer with seven points.
Mustafa Shakur finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats, who had 14 steals.
The Wildcats flustered the Utes and their fans, especially in the second half when debris from the student section landed on the 'U' at midcourt after Utah's Tim Drisdom was called for an offensive foul with 13:42 left to play.
Utah coach Ray Giacoletti got on the public address system and asked fans not to throw anything on the court, but urged them to cheer on the Utes for a defensive stop. Nothing else was thrown, but Utah didn't get any stops for a while, either.
After Drisdom was called for the foul, Rodgers hit a 3-pointer, then Shakur stole a pass at the Utah free throw line and put in a layup. Rodgers added a short jumper and another 3 during the 14-3 run and Arizona led 52-34.
It never got much better for Utah, even after Arizona coach Lute Olson pulled his starters. Drisdom was called for an intentional foul with 1:06 to play as the few Arizona fans at the Huntsman Center chanted 'U of A' and 'Ar-i-zo-na!'
The chant was 'Lute! Lute! Lute!' at the end, when most of the home fans had already left.
Utah fell to 1-4 against ranked teams under Giacoletti.
Arizona forced 15 turnovers in the first half and led 28-21 after Adams' 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Adams was starting after being arrested last weekend and cited for disturbing the peace.